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The Minister for Parliamentary Affiars Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has called on female Parliamentarians to lead the way in getting parliament to pass bills that will help increase their numbers in the house and other decision making positions.

These bills include the Affirmative Action, Spousal Rights and Intestate Succession Bills.

Mr. Kyei Mensah Bonsu who is also the majority leader, was surprised at how the country has been silent on spousal rights, especially as it is entrenched in the 1992 constitution.

He highlighted the monetization of partisan politics as one of the major reasons for the few number of women in politics.

Mr. Kyei Mensah Bonsu was speaking at an engagement with the Women Caucus of Parliament in Accra.

Although the number of women Parliamentarians in the country is currently the highest in Ghana’s history, it still falls short of the 30 per cent requirement.

It is against this backdrop that the ministry for Parliamentary Affiars came up with the plan to help provide interventions where female MPs’ could improve on their performance in order to increase their representation in Parliamanet and other decision making positions.

For its maiden edition, female MPs’ from both sides of the House deiberated on ways in which they could manage their time effectively for competitive and professional purposes.

Chairperson of the Women Caucus in Parliament Adwoa Safo was hopeful that the more women will be elected to in the next bye elections.

The sector minister, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu listed a number of bills which when passed could be helpful.

The 2nd Deputy Minority Whip Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe Ghansah praised female MPs for combining their domestic and professional lives effectively.

Story by Nathaniel Nartey.

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